Kemenhub Affirms Commitment to Affordable Ticket Prices for Jabodebek LRT

The Jabodebek LRT

The Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has affirmed its commitment to offering affordable ticket prices for the Jabodebek LRT in Indonesia. Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, emphasized this after conducting a comprehensive inspection of the railway facilities connecting to Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

While specific fare rates have not been finalized by the Minister and his team, they are actively considering various indicators to ensure the LRT tickets are reasonably priced.

Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated, “We are currently finalizing the fare [for the LRT], and God willing, it will be affordable. We need to calculate everything first.” This highlights the government’s dedication to making the LRT accessible for the public.

Scheduled to commence commercial operations on August 18, 2023, the Jabodebek LRT is progressing smoothly with its construction. Adita Irawati, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, expressed confidence that the planned operational date will be upheld, stating, “So far, it is still on schedule [to start operating on August 18, 2023].”

To ensure a seamless transition to full operations, a trial run for the Jabodebek LRT is set to begin on July 12, offering the public an opportunity to experience the service free of charge during the specified operational hours from 06:00 to 22:00 (WIB). This trial period will span approximately one month, allowing passengers to provide valuable feedback and contribute to further improvements.

Regarding the fare structure, Mochamad Purnomosidi, Head of the Jabodebek LRT Division, revealed that the operator has proposed a fare range of IDR 15,000 to IDR 25,000. The average proposed fare stands at around IDR 15,000, and the government will review this proposal to ensure its feasibility.

Furthermore, Purnomosidi highlighted the importance of considering the return on investment for the transportation project. He believes that the proposed fare aligns with the public’s ability to pay and considers the attractive aspects of the LRT, such as its travel time and distance.

The journey from Cibubur Station to Dukuh Atas Station is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes, while the trip from Bekasi Station to Dukuh Atas Station will require around 39 minutes.

With ongoing efforts to make the LRT affordable and accessible, the Indonesian government aims to enhance public transportation options and alleviate traffic congestion in the Jabodebek area.

By prioritizing the needs and preferences of the people, Indonesia seeks to establish the Jabodebek LRT as an efficient, sustainable, and convenient mode of transportation, ultimately benefiting both commuters and the environment.